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VA Patients Rights: Respect and Nondiscrimination


The VA has outlined basic patient rights and responsibilities. Talk with your VA treatment team members or a patient advocate if you have any questions.

Respect and Nondiscrimination

  • You will be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect as an individual.  Your privacy will be protected. You will receive care in a safe environment. The VA will seek to honor your personal and religious values.
  • You or someone you choose has the right to keep and spend your money. You have the right to receive an accounting of any VA held funds.
  • Treatment will respect your personal freedoms. In rare cases, the use of medication and physical restraints may be used if all other efforts to keep you or others free from harm have not worked.
  • As an inpatient or nursing home resident, you may wear your own clothes. You may keep personal items. This will depend on your medical condition.
  • As an inpatient or nursing home resident, you have the right to social interaction and regular exercise. You will have the opportunity for religious worship and spiritual support. You may decide whether to participate in these activities. You may decide whether or not to perform tasks in or for the Medical Center.
  • As an inpatient or nursing home resident, you have the right to communicate freely and privately. You may have or refuse visitors.
  • You will have access to public telephones. You may participate in civic rights, such as voting and free speech.
  • As a nursing home resident, you can organize and take part in resident groups in the facility. Your family also can meet with the families of other residents.
  • In order to provide a safe treatment environment for all patients or residents and staff, you are expected to respect other patients, residents and staff and to follow the facility’s rules. Avoid unsafe acts that place others at risk for accidents or injuries. Please immediately report any condition you believe to be unsafe.

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